Carrownacaw : Standing Stone

Grid RefJ 544 464
GPSJ 54381 46393 (M%)
Longitude5° 37' 32.77" W
Latitude54° 20' 33.92" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownStrangford (5.6 Km)
OS Sheet21
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Saturday, 2nd March 2002

There are two things about this standing stone worth noting. One is its slender 3m form and the other is that it is supported by a steel rope tied to a nearby tree.

I think this must be one of the only stones in Ireland with this sort of extra help. The stone does lean but I am not sure that it really needs the support.

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Sunday, 26th August 2007

As we were close by it seemed like a good idea to take a quick look at this hausered standing stone. It was great to see that Slieve Donard is visible on the skyline from here, but the rest of The Mournes are hidden by nearer hills. I'm sure that this view is what inspired someone to erect a lovely standing stone here.

The monument has been excavated and a burial cist was discovered at its base.

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Like this monument

Marked Sites


Take the A25 north east from Downpatrick and take th fourth right hand turn. Bear to the left and continue to a t-junction. Turn left and then second right. At the next cross roads turn left and continue until you reach a farm. The stone stands very close to the road on the right by the farm.

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About Coordinates Displayed

This is an explanation of (and a bit of a disclaimer for) the coordinates I provide.

Where a GPS figure is given this is the master for all other coordinates. According to my Garmin these are quite accurate.

Where there is no GPS figure the 6 figure grid reference is master for the others. This may not be very accurate as it could have come from the OS maps and could have been read by eye. Consequently, all other cordinates are going to have inaccuracies.

The calculation of Longitude and Latitude uses an algorithm that is not 100% accurate. The long/lat figures are used as a basis for calculating the UTM & ITM coordinates. Consequently, UTM & ITM coordinates are slightly out.

UTM is a global coordinate system - Universal Transverse Mercator - that is at the core of the GPS system.

ITM is the new coordinate system - Irish Transverse Mercator - that is more accurate and more GPS friendly than the Irish Grid Reference system. This will be used on the next generation of Irish OS maps.

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